Slivovice is one of those drinks where you have a love-hate relationship. You either love it to death or you hate it so much that one thought about it makes you regret every decision in your life. Nevertheless, we all love this spirit to keep the party going, have deep talks, and unforgettable moments with family and friends. 

We decided to re-discover the origin of Slivovice and here is what we found out! 

What the heck is Slivovice? 

Slivovice is a hard liquor that is inclined to be an integral part of Eastern European culture. In simple words, it is a plum brandy.Mostly, it is made from damson plums. 

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Most families even produce it by themselves rather than buying it in the stores. So, the volume of local and private production of liquor might be even greater than the commercial one. 

Slivovice: A quick history course 

Did you know that Slivovice became a national Moravian drink? We neither! Apparently, the liquor is extremely popular in that part of the Czech Republic as it is strongly presented in traditions, culture, songs, TV shows, and even movies! 

It is not a surprise that Slivovice is mostly produced in these regions of the country. Sometimes, the production is kept illegal as traditional home distilleries still exist. Nevertheless, most people prefer to use certified community-owned products in order to prevent the potential error in the distillation process that could lead to a high concentration of methanol. 

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The percentage of slivovice also depends on how you produce it. For personal use, it is more likely that slivovice will be 50% or more. From the business perspective, it is the other side of the scale, meaning 50% or less. 

Serving the drink should be done appropriately as well. In fact, you should keep it cold to prolong the effects of the drink. However, you should serve it at room temperature to enjoy the aroma and the fruit’s taste better. 

Deep meaning 

Originally, the word slivovice comes from the Proto-Slavic language – slivovitz. If we break it down into two parts, we will get ‘sliva’ which can be translated into “plum’ and the ending ‘-ice’.  

Interestingly, all the spirits in this category have almost the same names. The only difference is the fruit from which the hard liquor is made. As a vivid example, meruňkovice is the apricot spirit  (‘meruňka’ means ‘apricot’). The code is cracked! 

Enjoy the drinks! 

Sofia Chesnokova

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